Men's Golf Hosts Young Golf Heroes from Beijing, China
Oct. 8, 2008
BERKELEY - Ten of the top amateur/junior players from China comprising the Young Golf Heroes completed a six-day cultural exchange in the Bay Area with events hosted by the California men's golf program last weekend, winding up a trip that head coach Steve Desimone believes may be reciprocated in the future with a visit to Asia by the Golden Bears.
The Chinese delegation was welcomed Friday with a round of golf at the Mira Vista Golf & Country Club, with head-to-head competition that saw the Bears take the team title and sophomore Eric Mina come away with the lowest score of 69, followed by a ceremony and banquet. Saturday's events included another round of golf and camaraderie at Orinda Country Club, leaving both delegations grateful for the opportunity.
'To say that it was an honor and a privilege to host the Young Golf Heroes from China, would be an understatement,' Coach Desimone said.
All the student-athletes and staff benefited from the 'wonderful competitive experience and fellowship,' said Desimone. 'The closing ceremony Friday night at Mira Vista was one that I certainly will not forget and I'm sure the players won't, either.' Sophomore Feldman Tan, a member of Singapore National Team in high school, served as the unofficial interpreter between the two groups.
'They took a lot away from it,' Desimone said of his players. 'I think they had a real sense of friendship with these young people. It wasn't just competition, which was great.'
Coach Desimone is optimistic that his team could make a reciprocal trip in the near future. 'We've been discussing a team trip to Asia that would include stays in Singapore, Hong Kong and China, maybe another country or two,' he said. 'We'll begin to explore it much more in depth once we finish the fall season, but it has a chance to be a very special trip of a lifetime for all of us.'
'Anytime we have some cross-cultural experiences like this past weekend, I think it's healthy for our players and healthy for all of us.'
Cal will next compete at The Prestige in La Quinta, Calif., Oct. 13-14 to complete its fall schedule.